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Pineapple Fact Sheet

Pineapple Fact Sheet

The "Pina"

The word "Pineapple," is derived from the word pina, which was used to describe a pine cone by the Spanish.

Later, the pineapple was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands which are now the leading producers of this fruit.

Today, in the United States the pineapple can be marketed as fresh or canned and it is most widely used as tropical canned fruit in recipes. (Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition, 1992)

Varieties of Pineapples

There are four types of pineapples mainly found in the marketplace. These include the Gold, smooth Cayenne, Red Spanish and Sugar Loaf. They are sold fresh and canned and all have a sweet flavor. The Gold variety features an extra sweet flavor, golden color, and higher vitamin C content.

Selecting Pineapple

Select pineapples with a nice fragrant smell. If possible choose pineapples that have been jet shipped from Hawaii or Central America because they will be the freshest. Avoid those pineapples with sour or fermented odors. It is really ripe if you can easily pull one of the leaves out of the top.

Storing Pineapple

Store at room temperature for 1 or 2 days before serving to allow the pineapple to become softer and sweeter. Store in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days or cut pineapple into chunks and store for up to 7 days. Cut up pineapple also freezes well.

How to Cut a Pineapple

How to Cut a Pineapple

  1. Cut off the top of the pineapple.
  2. Cut off the bottom of the pineapple.
  3. Slice the skin off of the pineapple's sides in long strips.
  4. Cut the pineapple into 2-inch slices.
  5. Use the tip of the knife to remove the hard, circular center.

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Pineapple Nutrition

Like most fruits, pineapples are extremely nutritious. Pineapples contain little or no fat or cholesterol, and provide significant amounts of fiber, digestive enzymes, vitamin C, calcium, and potassium.

Pineapple Lemonade

1 pint water
1 quart ice water
1 cup sugar
1 can grated pineapple
Juice 3 lemons

Make syrup by boiling water and sugar ten minutes; add pineapple and lemon juice, cool, strain, and add ice water.

Pineapple Nutrition

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